Job Overview


About the Agency

The Copyright Acquisitions Division's mission is to augment and enhance the Library's collections, and enable its Reading Rooms to provide timely, effective public service by acquiring works through the skillful enforcement of the mandatory deposit requirement of the Copyright Act of 1976. The division monitors U.S. Publishing activities and seeks to encourage voluntary, regular deposit and registration by planning and implementing outreach efforts; establishing and maintaining effective relationships; administering informal arrangements and negotiated, formal agreements with individual publishers or trade associations. Under the authority delegated by the Register of Copyrights, the division also issues demands for deposit and monitors subsequent compliance. Non-complying claimants may be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. Citizens.  However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified citizens available for this position.

The position is located in the Technical Processing Unit, Copyright Acquisitions Division, U. S. Copyright Office

The position description numbers for this position are GS-1411-05 085498 and GS-1411-06 085499.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, DC area.

The incumbent of this position will work Flextime schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.




Records the receipt of copyright deposits under close supervision, using standard tools and according to established procedures. Receives deposits submitted in compliance with the mandatory deposit provisions of Section 407 of the copyright law.

Creates bibliographic descriptions for all but the most difficult publications in various formats and languages according to bibliographic descriptive cataloging rules, cataloging practices and Copyright Office procedures. Creates records of receipt for microfilm newspapers in the Library of Congress ILS. Ensures all records are complete, accurate and timely and can be retrieved by Copyright staff, and other units within Library of Congress.

Following extensive library rules, procedures, and operations, processes library collections materials received in the unit. Distinguishes different types of material, separates and properly sorts and arranges incoming library materials for selection by Selection Officers and for serials check-in. Assists in the completion of the selection slipping and marking process' and stores materials in designated areas.